Earlier this week, Citrix agreed to acquire Zenprise, a leading provider of Mobile Device Management (MDM) software for enterprise smartphones and tablets. Citrix already has a strong presence in the enterprise mobile market with its Receiver technology that allows smartphones and tablets to access Windows desktop applications running on remote servers. Earlier this year, Citrix released its CloudGateway product which extended Receiver to include a secure enterprise container, mobile application store and content management. The addition of Zenprise MDM is an important addition and rounds out the portfolio.
Mobile Device Management has evolved over the past few years from basic device management (device password, remote wipe, etc) to comprehensive, enterprise solutions encompassing data management, application management, app store, content management and device management for a wide range of mobile devices - smartphones, tablets, Apple Mac OS/X and Windows PCs. Enterprises looking to become a mobile business and empower employees to work from anywhere, anytime from any device, should explore leveraging a MDM solution. To assist in this effort, IBM has published a useful guide: "Select the right solution for endpoint management."